Canadian bishops condemn Trudeau’s pro-abortion pledge for summer job grants

BREAKING: Canadian bishops condemn Trudeau’s pro-abortion pledge for summer job grants

OTTAWA, January 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s Catholic bishops blasted Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government for “undermining religious freedom” by requiring that employers sign an attestation supporting abortion and transgender “rights” in order to receive student summer job grants.

“This new policy conflicts directly with the right to freedom of religion and conscience which too are enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as in associated case law,” the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement released Thursday.

“It seriously undermines the right to religious freedom since the Government of Canada is directly limiting the right of religious traditions to hold, teach and practise their principles and values in public,” the bishops wrote.

“Faith communities consider abortion, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression as major questions with ethical, moral, social and personal bearing which determine our understanding of human dignity and thus appreciation for the meaning and significance of each and every human life,” they stated.

Trudeau, who says he is Catholic, is the most pro-abortion Prime Minister Canada has ever had. A number of his positions regarding marriage and the sanctity of life are at odds with Catholic sexual and moral teaching.

The bishops also slammed the Liberal policy as “an attempt to restrict the voices of faith communities in Canadian democracy and to limit their participation in the public square.”

Non-profit groups, small businesses, and public sector employers can apply for funding through Canada Summer Jobs to create jobs for students from 15 to 30 years of age. Formerly it was up to individual Members of Parliament to approve the applications.

But Liberal employment minister Patty Hajdu added the requirement for 2018 applicants after making it clear last year that the Liberals did not want pro-life groups receiving Canada Summer Job grants.

Employers now must agree to an attestation that:

both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Online applications are void if the attestation is not checked off.

The bishops write that according to the government, “this insistence on reproductive rights (which specifically includes ‘the right to access safe and legal abortions’), sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression is intended to ‘prevent youth (as young as 15 years of age) from being exposed to employment within organizations that may promote positions that are contrary to the values enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and associated case law’.”

Trudeau defended the policy at a Hamilton town hall Wednesday, declaring that “we need to know that there is a difference between freedom of expression and acting on those expressions and beliefs.”

He also reiterated the Liberal position that religious groups are eligible to apply for the program.

But many faith-based charities, non-profits and institutions that saythey cannot in conscience sign the attestation.

The bishops echo this.

“In addition to the obvious and regrettable infringement of freedom of conscience and religion in such matters as are raised by the new policy, there will be unfortunate consequences on the ground: summer camps will be forced to close; the services of numerous non-profit organizations will be reduced; valuable opportunities for apprenticeship will be lost,” they write.

“These effects, to name but a few, will be felt in Catholic dioceses and organizations as well as in many other faith communities across Canada.”

The new rule also “runs counter to the recommendations issued at the end of March 2017 by the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities which had been appointed by the Minister of National Revenue,” they state.

“These recommendations include that charities be allowed to provide information for the purpose of informing and swaying public opinion, and to advocate to keep or change law or policy, either in Canada (any level of government) or outside of Canada.”

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The bishops’ full statement:

Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on recent changes to government requirements for “Canada Summer Jobs” program

Employment and Social Development Canada posted information on its website, dated 19 December 2017, announcing a major change to its requirements regarding applications for federal funding under its Canada Summer Jobs program for youth employment. Attestation must now be included that “both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.”

According to the Department, this insistence on reproductive rights (which specifically includes “the right to access safe and legal abortions”), sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression is intended to “prevent youth (as young as 15 years of age) from being exposed to employment within organizations that may promote positions that are contrary to the values enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and associated case law.”

Faith communities consider abortion, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression as major questions with ethical, moral, social and personal bearing which determine our understanding of human dignity and thus appreciation for the meaning and significance of each and every human life. This new policy conflicts directly with the right to freedom of religion and conscience which too are enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as in associated case law. It seriously undermines the right to religious freedom since the Government of Canada is directly limiting the right of religious traditions to hold, teach and practise their principles and values in public.

In addition to the obvious and regrettable infringement of freedom of conscience and religion in such matters as are raised by the new policy, there will be unfortunate consequences on the ground: summer camps will be forced to close; the services of numerous non-profit organizations will be reduced; valuable opportunities for apprenticeship will be lost. These effects, to name but a few, will be felt in Catholic dioceses and organizations as well as in many other faith communities across Canada.

Furthermore, the recently announced policy represents an attempt to restrict the voices of faith communities in Canadian democracy and to limit their participation in the public square. Moreover, it runs counter to the recommendations issued at the end of March 2017 by the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities which had been appointed by the Minister of National Revenue. These recommendations include that charities be allowed to provide information for the purpose of informing and swaying public opinion, and to advocate to keep or change law or policy, either in Canada (any level of government) or outside of Canada

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3 comments on “Canadian bishops condemn Trudeau’s pro-abortion pledge for summer job grants

  1. Lianne Laurence

    ‘Nobody…should check the box’: Canadian Cardinal slams Trudeau’s pro-abortion pledge

    TORONTO, January 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto is not mincing words when it comes to Justin Trudeau’s new requirement that employers sign an attestation supporting abortion in order to receive student summer job grants: “We can’t check the box.”

    As the deadline to apply for student summer job grants draws near, the Cardinal, along with the country’s Catholic bishops, are holding firm with other Christian leaders in demanding that the government scrap the requirement.

    Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government touched off the growing controversy over the Canada Summer Jobs program by requiring that employers sign an attestation that both the job and their “core mandate” respect human rights, including “reproductive rights,” which the government spells out to mean “the right to access safe and legal abortions.”

    If employers don’t check off the attestation box when applying online, their application is void.

    “It’s obvious nobody in our diocese should check the box,” Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto told LifeSiteNews.

    “We can’t attest that we’re in favor of reproductive rights which are defined as access to abortion. We don’t believe in that. It’s a free country. We don’t believe in that.”

    Trudeau, who says he is Catholic, is the most pro-abortion Prime Minister Canada has ever had. A number of his positions regarding marriage and the sanctity of life are at odds with Catholic sexual and moral teaching.

    Collins joined 86 other faith leaders yesterday in signing a letter to Trudeau and Employment Minister Patty Hajdu asking the Liberals to scrap the attestation.

    He represented the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has also blasted Trudeau over the attestation.

    The letter was the latest protest from faith groups that the attestation is an “ideological test” that violates their Charter rights.

    It’s a view shared by many in the media, who have taken the Liberals to task for intolerance and demagoguery.

    Trudeau responded by saying Canadians can believe what they want when it comes to abortion, but they can’t act on those beliefs. He dismissed the controversy as a “kerfuffle,” leaving Hajdu to hold the party line.

    URGENT: Tell Justin Trudeau you oppose this attack on freedom of conscience. Sign the petition! Click here.

    Hajdu reiterated Tuesday the government is standing by the attestation.

    In remarks widely reported in the media, Hajdu said that after hearing complaints last year she brought in the attestation to stop public funding of pro-life and pro-family groups. The Liberals maintain that such groups are working to undermine reproductive and LGBTQ “rights.”

    Collins said that in a conversation they had together Hajdu revealed her lack of understanding as to why Catholics cannot, in good conscience, check the attestation box when submitting a summer job grant application.

    “Her position, at the moment at least — I hope she’ll change it — is, don’t worry, we don’t mean you. We mean some other people, but check the box, you’re okay,” he told LifeSiteNews.

    “I don’t think she appreciates that we can’t,” Collins said. “We can’t check the box.”

    The attestation is “an unnecessary and objectionable religious test, a belief test, and I think it’s certainly in the interests of the government to just get rid of it,” Collins pointed out.

    “If there’s some group that does something they don’t agree with or they’ve got some complaint about the group, well, they should speak to the group,” he added.

    He holds out hope the Liberals will accede to the request to drop the attestation — or substantially alter it — before the February 2 deadline for applications to Canada Summer Jobs. The archdiocese typically applies for funding for 150 student placements.

    “We’re trying to communicate with them,” Collins told LifeSiteNews. “Even people who are very secular, who are totally not in favor of, let’s say, Catholic faith, or who are not pro-life, begin to say, surely we don’t want to be setting up faith tests or ideology tests.”

    Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton reiterated this same point in a January 23 letter posted on the archdiocesan website.

    “This attestation is unacceptable” and the Liberals are “infringing” on Charter rights by “imposing and insisting upon the new requirement.” Smith wrote.

    “No law confers the right to abortion,” he added.

    “In fact, Canada is one of the few Western countries that has no law governing abortion at all. While this so-called ‘right’ or belief may be promoted by the current government, there should be no compulsion on all Canadians to embrace it in order to receive government funding of any kind.”

    Smith advised his parishes, organizations, and charities not to sign the attestation and to write their Members of Parliament to explain why they did not do so.

    Archbishop Anthony Mancini of Yarmouth-Halifax has done likewise.

    The Liberal government’s “policy on this matter is contrary to our rights as equal citizens of this country and no political party can impose its ideology on any one of us,” he wrote January 24.

    MPs “are elected to represent the views of their constituents, not impose the views of their party platform,” Mancini wrote. “If you disagree with the policy driving the Canada Summer Jobs program, let your MP know and let the Prime Minister know as well.”

  2. Claire Chretien

    Archbishop to Trudeau: You’re ‘confused’ if you think you can be pro-abortion and Catholic

    OTTAWA, January 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – It’s “logically impossible” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider himself Catholic and pro-abortion, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast wrote. He made this point in an Ottawa Sun editorial slamming the Liberal government’s requirement that employers sign a pro-abortion, pro-transgender attestation for summer jobs grants.

    Prendergast rebuked Trudeau’s “disingenuous” claim that the Charter includes a “right” to abortion. The archbishop, a Jesuit, lamented the prime minister’s “confused personal comments” about reconciling his Catholicism with support of abortion on demand.

    “There are no charter reproductive rights or reproductive freedoms despite the prime minister’s claims,” Prendergast wrote. “Any Canadian can verify this by reading the Charter of Rights and Freedoms online. Nonetheless, Employment and Social Development Canada can now deny organizations summer job funding if they fail to endorse a non-existent right.”

    This new pro-abortion requirement is dismaying to Canadian Catholics, Prendergast explained, because “this attestation excludes any Catholic parish or charity from [government] funding for hiring a summer student.”

    “We cannot affirm that we support a (non-existent) right to abortion, which is what the euphemism ‘reproductive rights’ means,” he wrote.

    “Further upsetting many is the prime minister’s confused personal comments regarding the logically impossible coexistence of his identity as a Roman Catholic and his support of abortion,” Prendergast continued. “The National Post states, ‘He’s a Catholic who has long had to reconcile his religious beliefs with his responsibilities as a political leader, and he said the latter demands that he defend people’s rights.’”

    “Even if Trudeau were not a Catholic Christian,” he simply “cannot invent, promote or defend a non-existent right.”

    Canada’s Employment Minister refused during a recent interview to say whether signing the pro-abortion statement would be extended to other employment programs. She also wouldn’t answer a question about whether the attestation would be expanded to include support for physician-assisted suicide.

    The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) “remains seriously concerned that the beliefs and practices of Catholics and other faith traditions will exclude them from receiving funding through the Canada Summer Jobs Program,” the bishops wrote in a joint letter Tuesday.

    The release of “supplementary” information on the attestation, apparently an attempt to appease religious groups, still doesn’t negate the fact that “the attestation and examples still amount to the government’s coercion on matters of conscience and religious belief,” the CCCB wrote.

    “The possibility of wide ranging views and even healthy disagreement” are being quashed, and “the attestation remains unacceptable.”

    Trudeau, who brought his children to a gay “pride” parade and is extremely supportive of the LGBT cause in addition to abortion, received Holy Communion at a Catholic Mass in May 2017.

    His Excellency Christian Lépine, the archbishop of Montreal, said his dispensing of the Eucharist to Trudeau at that Mass was a “gesture of hope.”

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  3. Well, it’s very good that the Cardinal Archbishop of Toronto and colleagues are taking this on directly. Would that such applied logic in the face of pervert/liberal insanity and its shameless efforts to tyrannize private commerce (and the Catholic Faith) inspire other dioceses throughout the West; which remark constitutes my sole concession to wild-eyed optimism for the day, by the way.
    /
    Canada, dutifully modeling many of the former Commonwealth’s weaker economic policies in re.
    “Creeping Socialism” has, I am inclined to think, a steeper road to climb than, say, the USA IF she decides to launch her own counter-revolution to instill a much more independent and vibrant private sector and rid herself of her liberal masters.
    Whence cometh the current matter: gub’mint entanglement in ANY “jobs funding” schemes.
    /
    My own experience working with both Canadian government and corporate officials, though dated, demonstrated to me that both contingents were just as smart and responsible as they were exceedingly gracious and attentive to the protocols of cooperatve international business ventures. I have no reason to think any of that has changed, since.
    /
    Canada and the Church have their work cut out for them. But the caliber of folks needed to Make Canada Great Again is already in place. Just do it, eh?

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